The Hero of Our Stories

Lord Jesus,

What is it about your story

That lasts through the ages?

You weren’t the rich prince.

You didn’t get the girl.

You didn’t solve the mystery.

You didn’t incite rebellion.

You didn’t go on a quest.

You didn’t kill the monster.

Yet you were rich in God’s love,

You got all of humankind.

You solved the mystery of life.

You created a personal way to God

Through Your sacrifice.

You incited peace amongst peoples.

You quested for fishers of men,

You killed the monster of Death.

Lord Jesus, You are the light of the world,

And the hero of our stories.

Amen.

This Ride on Earth

THIS RIDE ON EARTH

By Lorraine J. Anderson

When my ride on Earth is over,
And the lights all fade til gone
I pray that the Spirit will take me
To the Father and the Son.

When I finally shed this body
All my pain will fade away,
I’ll be reborn in Heaven.
Oh, Lord, this is what I pray.

No more misunderstandings
No more wars and fights,
No more petty ego tantrums.
I will fully blaze in his Light.

But until that day comes, oh Lord,
Help me ride through this life on Earth,
Help me to light Your way for others,
So that we all might have Your rebirth.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Thanksgiving – a Meditation

Oh, Lord, today is Thanksgiving day.
We thank you for friends who are family,
And for family who are friends .

We thank you for food on our tables,
For the blessings in our lives
And the troubles which help us grow in you.

We pray that the mighty would learn to be humble,
And the humble might learn to be mighty,
And that we all may turn to You.

Lord, we know that we may not always understand
Or even like our neighbors, close by, or across the world.
But grant us the ability to love them as our family in You.

Thank You for everything.

Amen.

LOOK AROUND

LOOK AROUND

By Lorraine J. Anderson

Look around,
See the sun piercing columns through the clouds.
Look around,
See the color of the rainbow after a dark springtime rain.
Look around,
See the variety of the people around you.
Look around,
See the face of God.

Look up,
See the radiant moon bows in the winter sky.
Look up,
See the eagle soaring over the river.
Look up,
See your neighbor in need.
Look up,
See the face of God.

Look down,
See the Queen Anne’s Lace and the wild thistle.
Look down,
See the robin spying for big brown worms.
Look down,
See the little green frog hopping out of your way,
Look down,
See the face of God.

Look up,
Look down,
Look all around,
See the beauty of God.

The Lost Cross

The Lost Cross

By Lorraine J. Anderson

I owned a little cross
That to me was blessed.
It was just a piece of plastic
But it outshone the rest.

It was given to me by friends
At a retreat out in some fields.
Where love and laughter reigned
And hearts and souls were healed.

One day it came up missing
Nowhere could it be found.
I looked almost everywhere
In suitcases and bags all around.

I was upset and broken-hearted.
How could I lose this cross?
Then I realized that it wasn’t the plastic
I had something that could never be lost.

You see, the cross is just a symbol
Of Calvary’s hallowed grounds
And of our greatest Friend,
Who for our sins laid His life down.

I may never find that plastic cross.
But one thing that can never depart.
I will never ever lose the love
Of the cross that’s in my heart.

Help Us

HELP US

By Lorraine J. Anderson

Lord, help us now to follow You,

Please Reinvent us every day,

May we follow You in all we do.

Your precepts not betray.

Lord, help us to accept Your Grace,

With humble heart and mind

May we Your love embrace

And peace there in to find.

Lord, help us to accept your mercy,

And forgive us all our trespasses

Our efforts do not make us worthy,

But Your love for us surpasses.

Lord, help us follow with humble heart,

And not brag on our merits

In our lives please take a part,

So that we the Kingdom inherit.